BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – “I have plans of running for governor.”
Former Bacolod congressman Juan Orola, who also served as city administrator under Mayor Evelio Leonardia, said he is now studying the current political climate — including the achievements of current Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson — before making the final plunge come October.
The previous elections — 2019 — saw the incumbent governor who ran under the Nationalist People’s Coalition, winning an overwhelming 800,000-plus votes over his challenger Rolando Parpa who got only 40,000-plus votes.
Orola, who is a veteran politician and politician who had repeatedly slugged his way in the political ring for various posts, might prove to be a formidable opponent.
Orola told DNX that he is currently studying the current political climate. Should be decide to run, his catchphrase is “ONE”, incidentally a homophone for Orola’s first name (Juan).
“I am pushing for One Province, One City, One Direction,” he said.
He talked of a slew of plans for the province, including the opening of ports for both north and south, the putting up of an economic zone, environmental stewardship, education, and of course, tourism.
Tourism, he said could open a slew of economic and business opportunities for the province.
All these, he said, could maximize the province’s growth.